Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) education is a key part of the KCC curriculum and is delivered through taught sessions in Years 7, 8 & 9. PSHE is delivered through the KCC Learner programme in Year 7 which provides students with the key transferable skills they will need to thrive within school and also later on in life. PSHE is also through core lessons in Years 8 & 9 and covers a wide variety of topics addressing: issues of unhealthy relationships; risk taking behaviour to career paths; and being an engaged citizen.
KCC Learner Year 7
- Learning to learn: Exploring how we learn and gaining key transferable skills that can be applied to all subjects and situations such as resilience, growth mind set as well as emotional intelligence and how to get out of your comfort zone.
- Positive Relationships: How to build positive relationships exploring how to best make positive, fair and beneficial relationships for all. Exploring signs of unhealthy relationships and good effective communication skills.
- Wider World: Exploring and celebrating the diversity in the world and within our communities. In this topic we think about our roles and responsibilities to care and look after each other and also the planet in line with British Values.
- KCC Olympics: As the end of year project students research a chosen country and produce a performance to the whole year group this ties in with sports day to create our very own KCC Olympics.
PSHE Year 8
- Choices: In this topic we explore how we make good choices, where we can find trusted information and how to keep ourselves safe online. We explore issues such as fake news and money mules and how we know who and what to trust.
- Risk Taking: In this module we explore a wide variety of risk taking behaviours such as alcohol, smoking and other illegal substances as well as other dangerous behaviours and gambling.
- Relationships: In this topic students explore the qualities of a healthy positive relationship and how to spot the warning signs of sexual exploitation and how to protect themselves. We also explore contraception and changes to the body through puberty.
- Living life to the full: Students explore ways to maintain a good mental health through a course developed by the University of Exeter that promotes mental wellbeing.
PSHE Year 9
- Relationships, Sex Education (RSE) & Drugs: Students explore how to keep themselves safe sexually and where they can go for help as well as the dangers of illegal drugs and substance misuse.
- Healthy Living: In this topic students grapple with how to maintain good mental and physical health, thinking about sugar consumption, social media pressures, being physically active and managing stress.
- Life Skills: In this rotation students explore a variety of different career paths and reflect on the local and national labour market as well as how it is changing in the modern world. Students also explore interview skills, managing finance and debt and how to create an effective CV using brand new software Unifrog.
- Citizenship Project: Students will visit two placements and use and develop key skills such as time management, customer service, team work and communication and many more. The project has a wide variety of places for students from schools, care homes, shops, tourist centres and councils to name a few. Students will reflect on how the responsibilities to our communities are a core part of building mutual respect for everyone.
PSHE Key Stage 4
Students in KS4 are taught PSHE through high impact days, tutorial activities, one off events and also PSHE week for all Year 10 students at the end of the year. The curriculum covers areas suggested by the PSHE Association suggested Scheme of Learning for Key Stage 4 and also is flexible to respond to the needs of each particular cohort.